Gucci is the first luxury fashion House in Italy to obtain a Certification for Gender Equality, thanks to its commitment to promoting a fair and inclusive work environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Gucci has reached a significant landmark in its unwavering dedication to promoting gender parity, becoming the first Italian luxury House to obtain, on a voluntary base, the Certification for Gender Equality, introduced by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) of the Italian government.
Certification Evaluation Process and Indicators
Gucci’s achievement of the certification was centered on its ongoing commitment to nurturing diversity, equity, and inclusion, deeply embedded within the House’s sustainability strategy and intrinsic values. The audit process, conducted by Bureau Veritas, was based on six indicators: culture and strategy, governance, human resources processes, opportunities for women’s growth and inclusion, gender pay equity, and parenting support and work-life balance.
Gucci’s Three-Year Strategic Plan for Gender Equality
The certification highlights Gucci’s tangible commitment to gender equality, which will be propelled through a comprehensive three-year strategic plan, aimed at implementing actionable initiatives that champion equality. Prior to commencing the certification process, Gucci conducted a global analysis of gender pay equity in 2021 and is committed to eliminating any disparities through initiatives aligned with the objectives of the Kering Group by 2025. A new analysis on pay parity will be conducted in the second half of 2023 with the goal of intervening to bridge any remaining gaps. A new analysis on pay parity will be conducted in the second half of 2023 with the aim of intervening to close any gaps.
“This achievement, reached ahead of European trends and as the first in the luxury industry in Italy, strongly reaffirms our commitment to a culture that values equity, inclusivity, and respect. Through concrete actions such as adopting innovative technologies to reduce bias in the selection process, closing the gender pay gap, implementing parental leave policies, fostering greater female representation in leadership roles, and public awareness campaigns such as Gucci CHIME – our global campaign for gender equality – we support change and promote cultural transformation in the luxury and fashion industry worldwide, and we will continue to do so.”
Gucci’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journey
The strategic action plan for gender parity is led by the Gender Parity Steering Committee and The Global Equity Board, with Marco Bizzarri, the President and CEO of Gucci, at the helm. Alongside senior company leaders and external advisors, the Global Equity Board is committed to shaping Gucci’s vision and set priorities for diversity and inclusion. This internal governance body is supported by a DE&I committee made up of representatives from the various regions and functions.
Implementation of Inclusive Hiring Practices and Bias Reduction
Within HR processes, Gucci is implementing policies and innovative technologies in the selection, recruitment, career management, pay equity and internal mobility to ensure inclusive hiring and to reduce bias during key selection processes. Moreover, as part of its learning strategies, Gucci is promoting training programs available to all employees worldwide and aimed at raising awareness of diversity and inclusion.
Supporting Work-Life Balance and Parental Leave Programs
By supporting parental leave programs, welfare services and enabling a hybrid workplace, Gucci wants to facilitate work-life balance initiatives and support for future parents guaranteeing a minimum of 14 weeks with 100% pay for paternity, adoption, or partner care and activate listening and coaching programs to facilitate their return to work.